Kathryn Lavelle

Ellen and Dixon Long Professor in World Affairs


Mather House 320
TR 4:00 - 5:00pm and by appointment

Research Interests

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: U.S. foreign economic policy; International Organizations; United Nations; U.S. Congress and International Organizations; Africa.
POLITICAL ECONOMY OF FINANCE: International Monetary Fund; World Bank; Basel and G20 processes; Politics of stock markets; Congress and banking policy.

Current Projects

Dr. Lavelle’s research questions the rise and decline of multilateralism in world affairs.  She is currently working on projects in two specific areas related to the global governance of finance.  The first explores how the United States conducts its foreign policy in this area.  The second considers how international organizations work with each other to effect outcomes with respect to money and banks.  Her most recent book was on the topic of American governing institutions that formulate financial policy titled Money and Banks in the American Political System, released by Cambridge University Press. She derived the analytical framework for this and her other recent book on Congress and the IMF and World Bank from her experience working as a Congressional fellow on the staff of the House Committee on Financial Services for Chairman Barney Frank. Since that time, she has used extensive archival evidence and interviews to provide additional evidence for the policy process in the domestic and international arenas.


Her other recent book is a scholarly monograph Legislating International Organization: The US Congress, the IMF, and the World Bank (Oxford University Press, 2011), which explores the intersection of national and international politics in the American legislature with respect to the Bretton Woods institutions from their origins to the present. Her first book, The Politics of Equity Finance in Emerging Markets (Oxford University Press, 2004), analyzed the historical and political processes that led to the ownership structures of large firms in middle and low-income countries. She has published articles, book reviews, and chapters appearing in International Studies QuarterlyPerspectives on PoliticsInternational OrganizationReview of International OrganizationsThe Journal of Modern African StudiesThird World QuarterlyReview of International Political EconomyInternational Journal of Political EconomyInternational Studies ReviewJournal of International Affairs and The Columbia Journal of World Business.


Dr. Lavelle has held fellowships and grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, American Political Science Association, Hagley Museum and Library, and West Africa Research Association. In the spring semester of 2010, she was the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Global Affairs at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she serves on the editorial board of PS: Political Science and Politics.




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